80 acres in Glastonbury, CT
Parking: Medium sized lot near 3817 CT-94, Glastonbury, CT
Trail Map Trails: 2 miles Rating: ★★★☆☆
The trails here are short, but a popular spot in the area. The main destination is the waterfall. The trail descends into a bowl shaped hollow where the falls drop 20+ feet in the main section and can split into as many as three distinct drops.
Trails are short with a short steep uphill to the falls. The rest of the trails are relatively easy walking.
Preserved in 1990 when Thomas and Joan Kemble sold the falls property to the town for $700,000. In 2006, the Kembles sold the town an additional 7.49 acres adjacent to the falls.
The dam at the edge of the park was removed in 2018. There is now a wide clearing down to the river and when it is low enough stepping stones to cross to the trail on the other side. Photos below of the pond in 2017 before and in 2018 after the dam removal:
Peter Marteka – The Blackledge River Is Flowing Naturally Again For The First Time Since The 19th Century (2018)
CTMQ – Blackledge Falls Preserve (2014)
Peter Marteka – Family Offers Land To Town (2006)
New England Waterfalls – Blackledge Falls